Aug 08, 2022

Polysomnographic Tech

  • Memorial Health
  • Springfield, IL, USA

Job Description

A Polysomnographic Technician performs comprehensive polysomnographic testing and analysis and associated interventions under the general supervision of a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RST) and/or the clinical director (MD, PhD, DO) or designee.



  • All staff must participate in an average of 10 hours per year AMA PRA Category I CME or CEU sleep or related educational activities with a minimum of 30 per three calendar years.
  • Must enroll in or have completed the A-Step Online Self Studies within 12 months of hire.


Must be enrolled in or have completed training in polysomnography in a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or a Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) program with the polysomnography option or an Accredited Neurodiagnostic Technology (NDT) program.


  • Must become registered RST or RPSGT within 18 months of hire.
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner (CRT, RRT, CPFT, RPFT) with current Illinois license preferred.

Current BLS certification required.


  1. Gather and Analyze Patient Information
  • Collect, analyze and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet the patient-specific needs (Physical/mental limitations, current emotional/physiological status regarding the testing procedure, pertinent medical/social history) and to determine final testing parameters/procedures in conjunction with the ordering physician or clinical director and laboratory protocols.
  • Complete and verify documentation.
  • Explain pre-testing, testing and post-testing procedures to the patient.
  1. Testing Preparation Procedures
  • Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
  • Perform appropriate physiologic calibration to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary.
  • Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.

3. Polysomnographic Procedures

  • Follow procedural protocols such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration etc. to ensure collection of appropriate data.
  • Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, Oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).
  • Perform Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
  • Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
  • Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).
  • Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instruct the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.).
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.
  • Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions.

4. Polysomnographic Record Scoring

  • Score sleep/wake stages by applying professional accepted guidelines.
  • Score clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols.
  • Generate accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event date.
  1. Service Management and Professional Issues
  • Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
  • Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.
  • Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory.
  • Demonstrate effective written and spoken communications skills.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social skills
  • Respond to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy.
  • Comply with the ABSM Standards of Conduct.
  1. Performs other related work as required or requested.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.